Libertarians call for prosecutor's ouster
Marsha Garst, the commonwealth's attorney who raided the office of the James Madison University student newspaper, the Breeze, on April 16 and threatened to take all of its computers and equipment, essentially shutting it down, has been denounced by the Libertarian Party of Virginia, which calls for her resignation.
"This is absolutely chilling," said Bill Wood, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Virginia in a release. He compares the Harrisonburg/Rockingham County prosecutor's actions to those of the former Soviet Union. "Based on her actions, she is unfit for public office," he says. " Any government official who violates the Bill of Rights should be removed and prosecuted."
Garst came in with a search warrant and police officers and demanded unpublished photographs of the April 10 Springfest riot, and took more than 900 photos.
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli tells the Breeze he doesn't believe the raid is a First Amendment issue and that he supports Garst's actions. “I support any and all legal means to gather information to build a case against people who allegedly harmed or intended to harm law enforcement officers,” Cuccinelli says in a statement.